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Jul 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 9

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Daniel Wetzel has announced News Wall 1. 0 for iPad and iPhone devices. The US$2.99 presents news feeds. All feeds are presented as an area of articles allowing the user to skim through the information at high speed. To keep track of all articles, the user can shrink single feeds, dim read articles or show images embedded in the feeds. The app supports several tools for sharing and saving articles.

Spoonjack has released Vuvuzela Man 1.0, A $0.99 personal Vuvuzela for iPhone, iPod touch users. It offers an array of intuitive controls. You can touch or blow to produce a sound, slide a finger to bend the pitch, and raise and lower the bell to adjust volume. With the World Teams upgrade, users can additionally support their favorite team and choose...

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Jul 09
Apple moves from 253 to 197 on 'most profitable companies...

Apple has moved to number 197 on the "Fortune" list of most profitable companies. That's up from 253rd place in 2009 and 337th place in 2008. Apple is listed as having revenues of $36.5 million -- up 12.5% from 2008 -- and profits of $5.7 million -- up 18% from 2008.

The top 10 companies on the list are Old Mutual, American International Grouop, Aegon, Gruppo Mediolanum, Groupe BPCE, Lloyds Banking, Freddie Mac, Hartford Financial Services, Aviva and International Assets Holding.

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Jul 09
Mini Ninjas for the Macs spring from Feral Interactive

Feral Interactive has released Mini Ninjas (http://www.feralinteractive.com/game/minininjas) for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher. The game costs US$39.95; a demo is available for download.

Here's how Mini Ninjas is described: "In Mini Ninjas you play at first as Hiro -- the last and best hope of the ninjas. Hiro’s been sent on a quest to defeat the Evil Samurai Warlord, whose otherworldly armies are wreaking havoc across the empire. As you journey with Hiro through lush landscapes and creepy castles you’ll find your missing ninja comrades, taking control of them and their unique skills in the battle to restore the balance of nature."

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Jul 09
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.2.4

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.2.4, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.2.4 adds full compatibility with iTunes 9.2.

Tidy Up 2.2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Jul 09
Wi-Fi iPhone for China may be getting closer

Apple appears to have moved a step closer to delivering an iPhone with Wi-Fi capabilities to the Chinese market, says "PC World" (http://macosg.me/2/i6).

This week, Chinese regulators issued a network access license for an Apple iPhone that is equipped to use the China-developed wireless LAN security protocol, WAPI (WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure). With that license, a Wi-Fi iPhone can now be sold in China, suggesting it may debut soon, notes "PC World."

Representatives from Apple and China Telecom, the local carrier that Apple has selected as its partner, would not comment on the device's capabilities, nor when it would go on sale. Wi-Fi is seen as important to the success of the iPhone in China because many people want to use the devices to surf the web, but don't want to pay higher data rates for using the mobile network. China has required mobile phones with Wi-Fi also to support...

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Jul 09
Research group: iPhone dominance in mobile app download market...

The dominance of the iPhone in the mobile app download market will be eroded over the coming years as rivals Android, Symbian and BlackBerry make inroads, Ovum has forecast, reports "Bank Systems & Technologies (http://macosg.me/2/i0).

A new report by the research group says that mobile application downloads generated by non-operator application stores will grow by a compound annual growth rate of around 41% globally over the next five years, with total downloads almost reaching 21.3 billion by 2015. That’s up from 2.69 billion in 2009.

According to Ovum estimates, Apple generated 67% of all smartphone app downloads in 2009, despite claiming just 14% of the overall smartphone installed base. On the other hand, Symbian commanded a 49% share of the smartphone installed base but only generated an estimated 9% of the total applications downloads market. The report states in 2015 Apple will generate a...

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Jul 09
Next Apple TV to stream 99 cent shows?

Apple's next rev of the Apple TV will offer US$0.99 TV shows that can be streamed, but not downloaded, according to a "NewTeeVee" report (http://macosg.me/2/hx). If that's true, Apple would be cutting the price of TV episodes in half and competing more squarely with rivals such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon's Video On Demand.

Right now Apple TV only allows you to download TV episodes from iTunes and charges an average of $1.99. "NewTeeVee" says that, once started, the new TV rental will be available for 24 hours before it expires. Unlike its current TV and movie sales through iTunes, the new service will move content into the cloud and stream it to users, rather than having them download video, the article adds.

Earlier this month, "The New York Times" also offered a forecast of what's in store for Apple's "hobby." The "Times" said that Apple is working on an update to its Apple TV and software,...

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Jul 09
Jobs among top 50 'smartest people in tech'

"Fortune" (http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/technology/1007/gallery.smartest_peo...) lists Apple CEO Steve Jobs as among the top 50 "smartest people in tech." That list is for those with "an alchemy of intellect, ambition and that uncanny ability to peer around corners."

Here's what "Fortune" has to say about Jobs: "When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after a 12-year exile, the company was close to bankruptcy. Thirteen years later it has a market cap of $250 billion and is the world's most valuable tech company, transforming whole industries along the way. iTunes reinvented music. Pixar, now part of Disney, elevated animated films. The iPhone changed telecom. And the new iPad has other computer makers scrambling to respond. Rocking one industry could be luck, but...

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Jul 09
KB Stand is new, multi-position stand for the iPad

KB Covers (http://www.kbcovers.com) has released the KB Stand for the iPad. It's an US$29.95, lightweight, portable, multi-position stand that allows users to set the correct angle for their Apple tablet, achieving optimal ergonomics.

Composed of 70% recyclable materials, the KB Stand for the iPad provides multiple angles to hold your iPad. With the push of a button, the stand can fold up for easy storage or portability. Because the legs of the KB Stand are extendable, it can also be used with a laptop or notebook computer. And it comes with a stylish carrying bag.

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Jul 09
iMapBuilder adds more interactive apps, other new features

WebUnion Media has released iMapBuilder 4.30 (http://www.imapbuilder.com/), an update of the interactive map making software for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platform.

The latest version of iMapBuilder enables easier creation of interactive maps by adding more map templates and new features including adding placemarks to map using longitude and latitude co-ordinates, bulk data import function from excel file, map legend, heat map, as well as custom map area and custom map icons functionality.

By using iMapBuilder, business owners, schools, organizations and government agencies can build branch location maps, floor plan maps, diagram representing sales data, distribution, as well as routing maps such as those used by airlines. No programming or Flash editing experience is required.

Users can pick up a pre-designed map template to jump start their own interactive map projects. They can...

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Jul 09
AppMakr upgrades to full iOS 4 compatibility

PointAbout says its AppMakr platform (http://appmakr.com/) for self-service mobile app creation has been upgraded to include full support for
iOS 4, as well as advanced features for styling and action elements within content feeds.

With Apple’s progression to the new operating system for their newest flagship phone, the iPhone 4, app creators now have the ability to leverage AppMakr to publish fully-compatible apps to the App Store that will function seamlessly with iOS 4. Advanced users can also leverage newly-added capabilities that allow them to insert JavaScript code and CSS styling into specific feeds within their apps.

AppMakr has also added Millennial Media as one of the many mobile advertising platforms that app creators can integrate into their apps with the goal of monetizing their audiences.

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Jul 09
NTP sues Apple, others for infringement of wireless email...

Another day, another lawsuit. NTP Inc. (http://www.ntp-inc.com/) -- a company that specializes in network monitoring, security and protocol analysis solutions -- has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Microsoft and Motorola in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for infringing NTP's eight patents related to the delivery of electronic mail over wireless communications systems.

Each of the defendants is a manufacturer or developer of either wireless handheld devices or software applications used in the delivery of email across wireless communications systems.

"Use of NTP's intellectual property without a license is just plain unfair to NTP and its licensees," Donald E. Stout, NTP's co-founder, said in a press statement. "Unfortunately, litigation is our only means of ensuring the inventor of the fundamental technology on which wireless...

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Jul 09
Blue Crowbar Software releases TwitExport 2 for iPhoto, Aperture...

Blue Crowbar Software has releasedTwitExport 2, the successor to iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter. It's a plug-in for iPhoto and Aperture that lets you send tweets and photos to Twitter from within the Mac photo application.

With TwitExport 2, the iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter plug-ins have been merged into one product. The new name was implemented to comply with Twitter's updated trademark policy. On the outside, the new plug-in has been redesigned to become even easier to use, according to the folks at Blue Crowbar Software.

Under the hood, support has been added for Twitter's new OAuth secure authentication system. The biggest advantage of that is that the user's password for Twitter no longer has to be shared with the third party photo sites.

TwitExport 2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and an Intel-based Mac. It works with iPhone '08/'09 and Aperture 2.1.4 or later.

A license for one user costs US$5.90 and is valid for use with both...

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Jul 09
Playback Media Server gets under-the-hood improvements

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.6.2 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade includes some under-the-hood improvements.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.

Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the...

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Jul 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 8

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Texans can now use their smart phone to manage their home’s temperature, no matter where they are. TXU Energy’s free app allows users of its TXU Energy iThermostat to manage their home's heating and air conditioning through a new mobile web site that lets them view real-time temperature settings and even adjust the temperature setting, all from a handheld. The new TXU Energy iThermostat mobile website (txu.com/control) is compatible with the latest models of the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry Tour and Android smart phones (all brands).

Bobby Cronkhite Software has announced 4 Light 1.0 for iPhone 4 users. The US$0.99 harnesses the power of the new LED camera flash built into the iPhone 4 to give you a light wherever you need it.

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Jul 08
Study looks at how the iPad is being used

Resolve Market Research has completed a comprehensive study that looks at how the iPad is being used, and how the iPad is impacting other technology devices like e-readers, portable gaming consoles and netbooks. As reported by "Mashable" (http://macosg.me/2/hw), the study shows:

° Approximately 28% of users said that one of their main uses for the iPad would be playing games. Additionally, only 23% said that they thought of the iPad as the most enjoyable device for playing games. However, after owning an iPad, those figures start to change. It turns out that 38% of respondents said that they did not plan to buy a portable gaming device after owning an iPad.

° Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they wouldn't buy an ebook reader after owning an iPad. Other devices those surveyed said they wouldn't buy after owning the tablet: netbook/laptop (32%), MP3 player (29%), MID (24%) and smartphone (22...

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Jul 08
New Share from User is Mac, Windows compatible

Hutchings Software has released Share from User (http://ShareFromUser.com), a screen-sharing tool for remote technical support. It allows an organization's employees to view screens of their customers as needed to provide remote assistance.

Share from User comes in a free version and an US$200 pro version. There are no monthly fees associated with using Share from User. It is designed to run on low-cost hardware, such as netbooks and decommissioned desktops, and purportedly uses bandwidth most businesses are already paying for.

The server runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The user and agent components run on Mac OS X and Windows.

A limited trial version is available for free download. Setup assistance is also available. As Share from User is self-hosted and uses bandwidth you're already paying for, there are no monthly or usage fees for the service.

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Jul 08
Atlona adds new features to HDAiR

Atlona Technologies (http://www.atlona.com) has added new features to the HDAiR, their wireless USB to HDMI adapter. They've also reduced the price to US$169.

The first release of the HDAiR in 2009 was a video-only solution.  After its release, users from around the world responded to Atlona’s customer survey asking what additional features could make the HDAiR even better. The overall consensus was to add audio support. 

So Atlona has released an all new HDAiR with the ability to output audio in both 3.5mm analog, as well as embedded on the HDMI output. This latest update to the HDAiR allows users to connect up to four receivers to a single transmitter.

This update also allows full Mac support for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Like the older model AT-HDAiR, this newer model with audio still uses Ultra wide band (UWB) frequencies to transmit audio and video signals.

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Jul 08
iPresentee releases iWeb Themes 8.0

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes 8.0 designed specifically for Apple's web site building component of its iLife suite. iWeb Themes for Business 8.0 adds five more themes available in standard and flash edition: Comics, Eco, Greenery, Light Colors and Red Sunset.

The new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 75 themes designed for personal and business usage. Each iWeb theme can be customized.

iWeb Themes 8.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 or later. Each iWeb theme is available for US$10. The set of five new iWeb Themes 8.0 may be purchased for $25. The iWeb Suite bundle may be purchased for $70. The bundle includes 40 iWeb Themes, 35 iWeb Themes for Business, 15 iWeb Intros, 75 iWeb Animations and 181 Keynote 3D Stuff objects.

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Jul 08
Tesla hires Apple, Gap veteran

Tesla Motors (http://www.teslamotors.com) has hired former Apple and Gap executive George Blankenship as vice president of Design and Store Development. Blankenship will build Tesla’s retail strategy and network.

Blankenship, 57, brings thirty years of international retail and real estate experience to Tesla. Best known as the architect of Apple’s brand building retail strategy, Blankenship joins Tesla most recently from Microsoft. As Apple’s vice president of Real Estate, he created one of the most successful retail growth strategies in history.

Through his work creating Apple stores around the world, Blankenship defined and executed an International “Smart Growth Hit List” that encompassed major cities in Asia, Europe and North America. As vice president for Real Estate Strategy for Gap, Blankenship managed the growth of over 250 stores per year worldwide while establishing an energy-...

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Jul 08
DaisyDisk for Mac OS X updated to version 1.5.3

The DaisyDisk Team has released DaisyDisk 1.5.3 (http://www.daisydiskapp.com), an update to their scanning/mapping system utility for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

In DaisyDisk, disk contents are displayed as an interactive sunburst map, revealing large files that may no longer be necessary. The sunburst map provides a color-coded overview of disk usage, and can be navigated to preview deeper levels of data.

DaisyDisk supports all kinds of drives, including Time Machine volumes, network share drives, FTP drives, USB thumbsticks, FireWire drives, CD/DVD drives and images, FUSE drives, SATA drives, IDE/ATA drives and RAID drives. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is. Choosing the Scan button next to any displayed disk begins the scanning procedure.

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Jul 08
CatDV for Mac OS X prowls to version 8.1.4

Square Box Systems (http://www.squarebox.co.uk/) has released version 8.1.4 of CatDV, the media asset database and professional video logger for Mac OS X. The new version fixes some bugs and displays a warning when publishing catalogs or performing queries if the clip limit is reached.

CatDV is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. A demo of version is available for download. For new users the cost is $95 for the Standard Edition and $340 for the Professional Edition. Version 8.1.4 is a free update for registered users of version 8

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Jul 08
Rumor: next iPod touch to have 5 megapixel camera, FaceTime

According to an announcement at a John Lewis Christmas Technology Press Event, the next version of the iPod touch -- due in September -- will sport a 5-megapixel camera, a front facing webcam for FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi along with gyroscope and accelerometer for improved gaming.

"It's is not clear where John Lewis has had this precious information from, reports the "Unbeatable" web site (http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/news/Apple-iPod-Touch-to-get-HD-video-FaceTi...). "John Lewis are holding an event in London today (of which we will be bringing you all the details), to showcase their Christmas offerings from all major brands, so Apple may have divulged this information to them to get tongues wagging in the lead up to Christmas."

John Lewis (...

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Jul 08
Apple developer starts company to focus on the iPad, HTML5

Charles Jolley, the developer behind SproutCore, has left Apple to start Strobe Digital Publishing (http://www.strobeapp.com/), a new business targeting touch-driven web applications, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Both Apple and Strobe will continue to advance SproutCore as a core asset, the article adds.

SproutCore is a Javascript framework that runs entirely in the browser. It’s designed to be run against any server back-end setup. At SproutIt, the company originally behind it, they used Rails as the backend. They facilitated the connection through a custom Rails plug-in that’s included with the SproutCore framework.

In other words, SproutCore is a light Cocoa alternative for deploying web apps that look and feel like Mac OS X desktop apps. It was reportedly used to build some parts of Apple'...

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Jul 08
Apple dominates elite laptop sales at Best Buy

Apple MacBooks, more than any other single brand, populate the rankings of the priciest laptops at Best Buy, affirming Apple's reputation as a purveyor of elite computers, according to a "CNET" report (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20009934-64.html?tag=mncol).

"The fact that Apple dominates the upper-price tier at Best Buy is no great surprise, but the MacBook pricing takes on a new meaning when you look at the numbers," the article says. "Out of roughly 200 models -- Windows and Apple -- listed on Best Buy's site, there are 12 MacBooks --used generically here to refer to the MacBook and aluminum-clad MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Half of those 12 MacBooks are in the highest price category."

Altogether, about a dozen elite Windows and Apple models cost more than US$1,699. Once again, about half are MacBooks.

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